MINNEAPOLIS – (97.1 The Ticket/AP) – Justin Verlander pitched five strong innings striking out seven as the American League champion Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 during their first game of the season on a very chilly Monday.
As heard on 97.1 The Ticket – With the gametime temperature at 35 degrees and the wind blowing at 17 mph, fans had to bundle up. But opening day is always a draw, as evidenced by the announced crowd of 38,282, a sellout by Twins guidelines.
Phil Coke got the last two outs for the first save by the Tigers’ closer committee. Prince Fielder had two hits and an RBI to help spoil Vance Worley’s first start for the Twins, who left 12 runners on, including the bases loaded in the seventh.
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